Learning To Fly.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. I guess I should really say “pilot”. I’m not really a captain of anything. It’s not like I own this plane and I can’t order anybody to walk the plank or swab the decks. I think there’s someone that comes in and vacuums the carpets and empties the trash, and we don’t really have a plank. I guess I could make you slide down that inflatable emergency ramp or maybe walk out on the wing, but that’s a pretty long drop even when we’re on the ground. I’m not going to open the door while we’re in flight, at least not once we really get up there, because that could get really bad from what I’ve seen in movies and on TV. What I’m saying is I’m not going to throw anybody out while we’re in flight, but don’t push me because I will land this plane and drop you out no matter where we are.

I’m also going to be upfront with you and say this is my first flight. Like, ever. So I’d suggest you keep your seatbelts on the entire time. There’s supposed to be a button that makes that seatbelt light come on, but you would not believe how many buttons there are up here. Also a bunch of gauges, meters, dials, and these big levers. I thought by now they’d have some of this stuff digitized. My mother’s old Camaro had a digital display and it was from, like, the eighties, you know? I’d invite everybody to come up and take a look at this but we’re on a schedule and once the flight starts I’d feel better if everybody stayed seated. If anybody has any helpful tips on these gauges and things though just tweet me. I’ll try and check my feed once we get up there. No promises, though, because I’m going to need my phone to navigate too.

Oh, hey, I just found the button for the seatbelt sign. And there’s one for no smoking too. Are there any flights you can still smoke on or have they just not taken that out yet? I’m not sure what the rule is on vaping either. Let’s just be on the safe side and don’t do it, okay?

Our flight will also be taking a little longer than usual because we’ll be following the interstates. Sorry about that. Like I said we haven’t quite got the navigation part up and running yet. It’s still in development, but we should have it working soon. And we’re gonna be seriously blowing through some speed limits because we’ll be up in the air and you may not know this but planes move really fast. Keep an eye out the windows, though, and if you see any police planes coming up next to us tweet me or yell at one of the flight attendants. This is weird but planes don’t have rearview mirrors so if there’s anybody coming I won’t know until they almost pass us. That seems kind of weird. I hope I don’t, I don’t know, back over a flock of bald eagles or something. That would be pretty embarrassing.

Anyway in a few minutes the flight attendants will be walking you through the emergency measures, and I know how everybody is about those. Please, seriously, pay attention for once because if this thing goes down it’s going down hard, you know? Those little oxygen masks might save your life if we have a fire or something. But, and don’t tell anyone I said this, you can leave your drink tray down the entire time. You just might want to put it back up when we land to make it easier to get out.

Okay, we’re just about to take off here. According to my phone here it’s rainy and seventy-two degrees at our destination. I don’t know how far anybody has to walk once we get there but I hope you have umbrellas. Wait, lost the directions. Okay, there they are. And I just saw some of your tweets. Come on, people, let’s try to stay positive. You know what they say about how you’re safer in the air than you are on the ground. That’s probably because there’s so much less you can run into on the ground.

And thanks for trying our new flight sharing app. I hope you’re as stoked about our new startup as I am. All right, let’s make it happen, cap’n!


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  1. RAY V

    You never want to hear this when sitting on a plane.

    Nice story.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      There have been flights when I’ve heard things close to this. Anyway I’m glad you liked it.

  2. Spoken Like A True Nut

    I work in aviation and I honestly can’t decide whether I’d rather fly with this guy or some of the actual certified pilots I’ve had to deal with over the years…

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      That’s a reassuring thought. It’s a bit like knowing how incompetent some doctors can be.

  3. Arionis

    The newest discount airline? Got a few chuckles out of me.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Hey, it’s worth saving a few bucks, and it can’t be much worse than one of the regular airlines, right?

  4. Red

    Once, on a flight, after the emergency procedures thing was over…

    Stranger sitting next to me: Is this your first flight?
    Me: No. Why do you ask?
    Stranger: You actually paid attention to that whole thing.
    Me: Oh! Well, they have no choice but to do it, so I’m trying to be polite.

    True story. I still always watch. Sometimes (usually on Southwest) they make it entertaining!

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      It is a good idea to always watch because you never know when they’re going to change something. And I think it was on a Southwest flight that the attendant doing the emergency procedures said, “If the oxygen masks drop from the ceiling stop screaming and let go of the person next to you…”

  5. Ann Koplow

    Yet another inexperienced, incompetent person at the controls. Thank goodness you’re at the controls here, Captain Chris.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      This may be the one place I can be trusted at the controls, but I am glad to be here.


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